really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 2
Average Mileage:
42,204 miles

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2005 Jeep Wrangler Owner Comments

problem #8

Sep 072014


  • miles


The contact owned a 2005 Jeep Wrangler. While driving various speeds, the front driver side wheel fractured and the driver lost control of the vehicle. The driver crashed into a culvert. The vehicle rolled over and landed on its roof in a ditch. The driver side air bags did not deploy. A police report was filed. The driver sustained fatal injuries to the head. The passenger was also fatally injured. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The vehicle was destroyed and towed. The VIN and failure mileage were not available....updated 10/19/16

- Madisonville, LA, USA

problem #7

Jul 102014

Wrangler 6-cyl

  • 92,000 miles
When reaching speeds of 55 miles per hour the Jeep shakes to a point of almost losing control of the vehicle until the Jeep reaches a speed of 65 - 70 mph then settles down.

- Rutland, VT, USA

problem #6

Dec 312013

Wrangler 6-cyl

  • 55,100 miles
This is second time this has happened; it has happened to me at least 4 times since 11/30/2013. I was accelerating, and when I hit about 50mph, my left tire hit a small pot hole. My front end began shaking violently; my steering wheel was literally bouncing in my hands and I could not actively control the Jeep. The shaking would not stop until I slowed down to about 5 miles per hour on a busy roadway. I almost caused an accident. This Jeep has a shimmy/wobble that occurs on some bumps. Some lead to the "death wobble, " and others do not. The shaking is so intense that the front end felt like it was going to come apart. I have new tires, and the vehicle was just purchased used from the dealership, after having received a full service. I took it into the Jeep dealership that confirmed that everything looked ok, and the bushings were fine.

- Aguanga, CA, USA

problem #5

Dec 092011

Wrangler 6-cyl

  • 89,000 miles


Death wobble!!!! started about Dec 2011 around speeds of 55-60 mph. Car will suddenly start to violently shake. When viewing from behind in another car it appears as if the wheels may come off. I have replaced the shocks, struts, stabilizer bar, track bar, springs, spacers, calipers, hubs, new tires, balance and rotate tire every 5000-6000 miles, new front brakes, new back brakes, two rear alignments, 3 front alignments, and rotors, I death wobble has gone from bad to dangerously worse. My Wrangler is a factory right hand drive Jeep that I use to deliver mail. I was using as my primary car as well. I must drive 25 miles to work via interstate and then another 65 miles on my route. The car consistently shakes when I hit speeds of 45 mph or higher. A bump in the road will trigger the wobble as well. I spoke to two different Jeep dealerships today and was told that there is no solution to my problem. I have been to at least 6 different mechanic shops, one off road shop, and two different alignment shops. I was told that I could try replacing the gear box ($899.99) and also try replacing my rims! if the maker of my vehicle has no idea on what or how to fix it........then who will? I would like to resolve my death wobble. I am extremely annoyed! I no longer feel safe driving my car to and from work and when it rains I am a nervous wreck just knowing I will have to drive my Jeep on the interstate. Sadly its gotten to the point that I will not allow any of my kids in this vehicle. I end up having to leave my Jeep at work in another town if my husband isn't able to drive it to and from work for me. I am willing to fix the problem.......if Jeep would just let me know what that is!!!! in good conscious I could never sell and stick someone else with this problem/headache!! also, when I fill my Jeep up with gas, it overflows splashing gas everywhere!

- Lake Charles, LA, USA

problem #4

Mar 012013

Wrangler 6-cyl

  • 33,000 miles
Whenever Jeep reaches speeds of 50 mph and hits a bump front wheels and steering wheel shakes violently. You must slow at once to get it to stop. After asking other Jeep owners I have found this to be a common problem. Went to the Jeep dealer and was only given a service bulletin and no answers.

- Knoxville , TN, USA

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problem #3

Jul 092011


  • 25,000 miles
Was driving over 50 miles per hour when I hit a little bump and my whole front end of my Jeep started to shake violently, I thought the wheels were going to come off, I could bearly control the steering wheel to make it to the side of road, I have had less violent ones but they are becoming more frequent now, I just went to dealer and they said my steering damper will have to be replaced for $255, I have been reading all the complaints about this " death wobble" and all the work that people are having done only to have the issue come back, I do not want to waste money on all the things that they will try and replace only to find its not the real issue. Please help!

- Dayville, CT, USA

problem #2

May 012008

Wrangler 6-cyl

  • 20,000 miles
This Jeep bought "used' in 2007 with 18K miles and no modifications. No post-purchase modifications have been made. Problem first noticed at 20K miles and happens intermittently and without warning. At 45+ mph, while entering freeway on-ramp overpass, hit expansion joint in road. Jeep began to violently shake from the front end of vehicle, and steering wheel wobbled left to right, 5 to 6 inches each side, uncontrollably. Vehicle sounded and felt like it was going to literally fall apart. Driver tried breaking gently but vehicle continued to shake/wobble even worse. With difficulty, driver got vehicle to side of road and called for help. Another occasion, while driving downhill 55 - 60 mph and decelerating, vehicle started violently shaking/wobbling, unprovoked by roadway defect or obstruction. Driver broke hard, down-shifted, got vehicle to shoulder of road and came to complete stop. Wobble did not cease until car stopped. Other occasions, typically while driving between 45 - 60 mph on freeway, steering wheel will start wobbling, subtly at first, then all-out shimmy/wobble from front end. On one occasion vehicle seemed to self-correct, but driver sensed wobbling trying to return. On all occasions driver(s) grasped steering wheel hard to try to "calm" vehicle. Three different family drivers (and only drivers) of this vehicle all experienced similar vehicle malfunction. Jeep has been taken to three different service centers (Chrysler/Jeep, les schwab, ken's tires) for inspection and repair. Owners purchased suggested parts and service each time. Problem eventually returns.

- Livermore, CA, USA

problem #1

Jun 112008


  • 23,533 miles
Jeep shakes violently when a bump is hit or road is uneven. The problem started about 2 months after purchasing the used vehicle. The problem did not show itself during the test drive but after investigating through the internet their are several Jeep Wrangler owners with the "deathwobble" problem. I clicked on your link provided by a local television news station wsoc channel 9 in charlotte, nc after they covered a story about another Chrysler vehicle. I implore you to do what is right and ask Chrysler to recall or repair, at their expense, my vehicle and other vehicles affected by this defect. An extended warranty was purchased from the dealership, crossroads Ford P&a code 00994, and we were told at the time of purchase Chrysler's warranty was still valid. After taking it back to the dealer several times and even taking it to the Jeep dealership no one will accept accountability. We have no other choice but to drive it and fear for the life of our son.

- Rhodhiss, NC, USA

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